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New cases of HIV diagnosis will be notified in Brazil

 
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Dirceu Greco, director of the Department of STD, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis of the Secretariat of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health
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Dirceu Greco, director of the Department of STD, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis of the Secretariat of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health will now account for the cases of positive diagnosis for HIV, expanding the notification, which was previously restricted to seropositive who had developed AIDS. The action follows recommendations of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The measure, developed in partnership with the expert committee that supports Brazil's program for HIV / AIDS and already adopted by states like São Paulo, Pernambuco, Paraná and the Federal District, will be presented to representatives of social movements before being implemented.

It is estimated that today, in Brazil, 135 million people live with HIV without knowing its serology. To diagnose this early portion of the population and receive it in the health service, we want to extend the notification explains the director of the Department of STD, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis of the Secretariat of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health, Dirceu Greco. Notification of HIV cases will not generate a register. Be provided the same information secret of Brazilians living with AIDS, he adds.

In Brazil, currently, only people who have already developed AIDS, pregnant women with HIV and children exposed to the virus are mandatory notification surveillance systems in the Ministry of Health with the recommendation, will be recorded all cases of HIV infection . The government's intention is, in addition to improving the response to AIDS, initiate treatment of infected timely, aiming thereby that the disease does not manifest itself, in addition to providing a better quality of life for those with the virus.

Furthermore, patients on antiretroviral therapy and who are with undetectable viral load reduces to almost zero the risk of HIV transmission, said the director of the Department of STD, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis, Dirceu Greco. He reinforces that with the measure, the Ministry of Health also works to break the chain of transmission of the virus.

Brazil follows the international trend. In Latin America, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile already notify cases of HIV. U.S. too long. In Europe, most recently, Portugal started to notice. With this, we can also develop more specific policies, Greco said.

It is important to remember that St. Paul did this notification since 1994 and for 16 years the Ministry of Health makes the registration of pregnant women with HIV and children exposed to the virus. And the information is of course confidential, reinforced Greco.

Source: Isaude.net
   Palavras-chave:   AIDS    HIV    Diagnosis    Ministry of Health    The Pan American Health Organization    PAHO   
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